Matcha Green Tea, a treasured drink of Japanese culture and Zen Buddhists since the 12th century, has a thousand year history of production. Japanese nobility and, more famously, Zen masters and monks have traditionally consumed Matcha Tea to aid in meditation and contemplation. By simultaneously supporting relaxation and alertness, Zen meditators reach higher states of consciousness.
Matcha is a finely-ground green tea powder of the whole tea leaf rather than the extracted liquid of the leaf. It is one of the richest of all teas in valuable nutrients, providing the whole tea leaf benefits of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, co-factors and fiber. Part of the cultivation “trick” that makes Matcha so great lies in the way it is cultivated. Grown in the sun like most plants, the last month before harvesting it is covered and grown in deep shade to enhance the development of chlorophyll and the consequent production of the unique tea amino acid L-theanine, which promotes clarity of thought, relaxation and a Zen state of mind when consumed by a human. The procedure also increases Matcha’s antioxidant level per gram — an extremely high 15 times that of wild blueberries. Matcha is indeed very good for one’s overall health. It is a world class Shen tonic and antioxidant.